Book Review: Beyond Reach
ashley | I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the True Calling by Siobhan Davis. I was expecting your typical dystopian YA book, but Davis created a unique take on the genre that left me with a lot of questions that I was eager to have answered. Thankfully, Davis was nice enough to reach out to me and offer me an advanced copy of the follow up book, Beyond Reach so I could quickly continue with this intriguing story.
Beyond Reach does it again, builds an intriguing story and answers certain questions from the first book, before creating a bunch of additional questions and a hefty cliff hanger at the end that makes you want to jump right in to the next book and continue trying to figure out what is happening.
Ariana continues to be a strong female lead, her determination and love for her family driving her forward through some pretty unthinkable situations. There is a lot more of a love-triangle in this installment, however. It was alluded to before, but now it takes priority through most of this book and Ariana spends a lot of time being confused about her current feelings for Cal and her former feelings for Zane. It’s done in a relatively acceptable way, but sometimes I feel it’s too much of a dominating focal point and the rest of the story gets lost in that for a while. But that usually happens, so it’s not unexpected.
There are a lot of rebellion politics laid out and explained here, as a lot of second books seem to do. This was more of a stepping stone to set up some of the larger situations that will likely unravel in the third book. It’s an interesting premise, definitely a storyline I want to see continue and the characters are strong enough to close out the series. And the ending, that cliff hanger ending is a blunt slap to the face and I can’t wait to see this all come together.